New Crayons from Old One

Vacation Week:  I’m on a much needed vacation for a few days, so the new few days, I’ll be re-posting some old (but good) blog posts that I’ll call my “best of” series.

This project has been one of my perennial favorites.   I love the fact it’s A: easy, B: uses something we all have or can easily get materials-wise and C: ends up with a fantastic result. 

Can you believe this is from August 2008?  

A quick updated tip: for people looking for crayons, a great place to become friends with is any family-style restaurant that gives out free crayons to kids.    They usually throw away the barely used crayons after each family dines and goes, so ask them to throw them into a shopping bag for you and pick ‘em up at the end of the week.


Melted Cryaons
We just wrapped a photo shoot at my new house where the photographer Jennifer Levy was shooting my new 2010 wall calendar.   Yes, you read that right: 2010.    We shoot WAY WAY WAY in advance, don’t we?
Anyway, one of the projects we photographed was an idea in recycling old crayons into something new, fun and functional.    I took a bunch of runty old crayons and placed them (unwrapped) in an old baking pan in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.   Here’s the mess all melted and looking very cool and tie-dye looking.
Chilled Crayons
Here’s the sheet of melted crayons cooled off, but still slightly warm to the touch.    I used a sharp cookie cutter to make out shapes in the crayon (best when it’s still a little warm).    Then I let it cool completely.
Finished Crayons
And here they are: butterfly crayons.   I LOVE how all the colors melted together to make beautful mirages of colors.   Isn’t it pretty?  I did two different sizes.
We shot them in a fun and whimsical way.  I can’t wait to share the calendar with all of you.   It’ll have to wait until the end of 2009 to see!  Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek.


  1. Hawaiianatheart says:

    Thanks for this great project!!! We just finished moving and during the packing we managed to fill 2 LARGE buckets of crayons & remnants of crayons. I showed my daughters (ages 8 & 5) this post and they agreed we should recycle our crayons and we’re going to share them with their friends in school and Girl Scouts. To top it off, we just found out that the key theme for Girl Scouts this year is about going green & recycling! PERFECT!!! Thanks so much!

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  3. I’ve always had people tell me to melt the old crayons into new ones, but I could never imagine how that would turn into something my daughter would actually want to use (she’s very selective about colors). But the cookie cutter is a GREAT idea! I’m definitely filing this one away for future use!

  4. Yvonne Moss says:

    I am reposting this blog tomorrow for my mommy day blog. So clever and beautiful. I hope you don’t mind.